Meryl Streep presents Viola Davis with Women in Film award

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 12: Actresses Meryl Streep (L) and Viola Davis backstage at the 2012 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 12, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards)
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Meryl Streep, left, and Viola Davis backstage at the 2012 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on June 12, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

(CBS/AP) BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Meryl Streep and Viola Davis may have been awards season rivals earlier this year, but there's nothing but love between the two stars.

Streep, who ended Davis' awards run for "The Help" by winning the lead actress Oscar for "The Iron Lady," lauded her friend and colleague Tuesday at Women in Film's annual Crystal + Lucy Awards.

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She called Davis "a lion-hearted woman;" a gifted and determined actress who studied at Juilliard, won Tony Awards and captivated Hollywood with her eight-minute performance in "Doubt."

"She was a newcomer at 45," Streep joked.

Davis returned the love as she accepted the award.

"I have a confession," she said, sharing how touched she was when Streep sent her a card after the film wrapped. Davis also kept a photo of the two of them together on set.

"OK Meryl, I framed the card," Davis said. "So you can never come over to the house."

Other honorees at the private ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were actresses Christina Applegate and Chloe Grace Moretz, NBCUniversal Cable chief Bonnie Hammer, cinematographer Anette Haellmigk and five female executives from Fox.